Great Opening Lines in Books: Election Edition

  1. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
    Pride and Prejudice
  2. "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
    Anna Karenina
  3. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us,...
    we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way." A Tale of Two Cities
  4. "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."
    The Bell Jar
  5. "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."
    The Catcher in the Rye
  6. "The schoolmaster was leaving the village, and everyone seemed sorry."
    Jude the Obscure